February 2013 will go down as tied (2003) for 9th warmest February on record for land/ocean surface combined, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Records go back to 1880. Image courtesy of the NCDC.
February 2013 was 0.57 C. or 1.03 F. above the 20th century average, according to the NCDC report.. Image courtesy of the NCDC.
February 2013 also marks the 336th consecutive month (28 years) that the global temperature was above the 20th century average.
By the way, the Dec-Feb period (northern hemisphere meteorological winter) was the 12th warmest such period on record.
Satellite temperature anomaly for February 2013
February 2013 was the 11th warmest February in the satellite measured record of the lower troposphere, according to Remote Sensing Systems. Records began in 1979.
February averaged 0.194 C above normal.
The continental U.S. was cold, averaging 0.831 C. below normal.
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